California Consortium for Independent Study

The California Consortium for Independent Study (CCIS) is a voluntary membership organization comprised of teachers, administrators, and counselors who serve independent learners in California’s public school system. As a consortium, we represent over 300 independent study schools and programs across the state which provide preschool through adult educational programs to over two-hundred thousand learners.

Please review below for upcoming webinars on compliance and best practices:

Charter School Compliance Webinar

  • When: TBA (~Late September)
  • Target Audience: Administrators and teachers
  • Cost: $199

CCIS in conjunction with Lisa Corr of Young, Minney, & Corr LLP will present a live webinar focusing on how AB 130 overhauled long-standing independent study law in California. This workshop will delve into the updates to independent study law as applied to charter schools and discuss practical issues and solutions along the way.

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Best Practice Webinars

Bootcamp – New to Independent Study

Strategies and Resources to Manage Independent Study

Teaching in an Independent Study (IS) program presents educators with many opportunities as well as many challenges. This workshop will examine and explore a variety of strategies that will help anyone new to IS do more than “only survive,” and, instead, thrive in their new assignment.

  • When: September 18, 2021 (SAT) , 9-10AM
  • Presenters: Daniel O’Brien and Dr. Lesley Clifton
  • Cost: $199

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The Breakfast Club Bundle

“Bootcamp” & “The Breakfast Club”

A series of three webinars dealing with relevant best practices addressing concerns in IS that can range from student engagement to streamlined grading to fostering social emotion wellness. The format will include guided discussions with break-out rooms.

  • When
    • September 18, 2021 (SAT), 9-10AM
    • October 16, 2021 (SAT), 9-10 AM
    • January 22, 2022 (SAT), 9-10 AM
    • March 12, 2022 (SAT), 9-10 AM
  • Presenters: Daniel O’Brien and Dr. Lesley Clifton
  • Cost: $325

Register Here

Trailer Bill News

What the Trailer Bill Means for You

AB 130 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on July 9, 2021, and immediately went into effect. This means that there are some significant changes that need to be made to Board Policies and Master Agreements in the coming weeks. Heres is an update on the changes as well as some of the potential issues that may arise for your LEA.

Trailer Bill Update

Independent Study is at Risk!

Please contact your legislator today! Budget Conversations are happening now.

Please reach out to tell state lawmakers to urge them to preserve Independent Study as a crucial option for students.

Act Now!

Advantages of CCIS Conferences

Compliance Workshop Training

Pick up the most recent Compliance Manual and learn the most up-to-date information to ensure your program is legally compliant and audit-ready.

Professional Collaboration

Conference workshop presenters share practical tips and tricks specifically intended for the Independent Study teacher and leader.

California Legislative Updates

Barrett Snider, advocate for CCIS, shares the latest information coming from Sacramento and how it could impact your program.

... and much more!

Conferences are a great place to make connections with other Independent Study programs and learn about innovative products from vendors.



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CCIS supports and promotes the interests of teachers, counselors, administrators and paraprofessionals working in K-adult independent study.
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